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Dallas Theater Center to Host Fall Celebration for Broadway-Bound 'MOONSHINE'Dallas Theater Center to Host Fall Celebration for Broadway-Bound 'MOONSHINE'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

Dallas Theater Center announced today details for its upcoming MOONSHINE Celebration, which will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Co-Chairs Brice Beaird, Elle Oberdick and Dan Waldmann, along with Honorary Chairs Lyn Muse and Kim Sheffield, will welcome guests to be among the first to experience DTC's newest Broadway-bound production MOONSHINE: That Hee Haw Musical at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater. (more...)

In The Wings Productions to Present LEGALLY BLONDE, 8/7-16In The Wings Productions to Present LEGALLY BLONDE, 8/7-16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

In The Wings Productions, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tanya Glassman and Executive Director Adam Glassman, is tickled pink to present Legally Blonde The Musical. Having won over audiences across the nation, Elle, Bruiser and friends will make their Snug Harbor Music Hall debut for a two week limited engagement, opening Friday, August 7 and playing through Sunday, August 16. (more...)

Laurence O'Keefe Will Co-Chair Dramatists Guild Fund's Fellows ProgramLaurence O'Keefe Will Co-Chair Dramatists Guild Fund's Fellows Program
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2015

Dramatists Guild Fund President Andrew Lippa and Executive Director Rachel Routh announced today that Laurence O'Keefe will Co-Chair the nonprofit's Fellows Program.   (more...)

BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE Offers a Frolicking Good Time for Everyone!BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE Offers a Frolicking Good Time for Everyone!
by Shari Barrett - Jul 14, 2015

I have to admit I had never seen the 2001 MGM movie, Legally Blonde before seeing LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica. And I am happy to say it is great fun for all ages in every aspect from the effervescent musical numbers presented by the remarkably energetic cast to the over-the-top bright pink costumes designed by Kristie Rutledge. Director/Musical Director Anne Gesling and choreographer Lauren Blair surely spent hours on end putting together the many incredibly intricate musical numbers, including the momentous "What You Want," Elle's video essay to get into Harvard, which includes at least 3 set changes, several costume changes by dozens of cast members, and many types of dance from tap to jazz. That 12-minute number alone is worth the price of admission on its own! (more...)

Photo Flash: Bernadette Peters and Brian d'Arcy James Attend 2015 Freddie G Fellowship GalaPhoto Flash: Bernadette Peters and Brian d'Arcy James Attend 2015 Freddie G Fellowship Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

Music Theatre International Chairman and CEO Freddie Gershon and his wife Myrna hosted eight outstanding educators from schools and performing arts centers around the country for four days of classes and activities honoring them for working to make a difference for their students and communities through the process of staging musical theatre productions in their schools and educational theatre groups.  The event known as the 6th Annual FREDDIE G FELLOWSHIP culminated in a gala dinner at Chez Josephine on July 11th.  Joining the festivities were Broadway greats Bernadette Peters and Brian d'Arcy James. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 8th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 8th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 9, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Beaches,' 'Kinky Boots' and 'Gotta Dance' show how a pre-Broadway tryout is done, while 'Fancy Nancy,' 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Pinocchio' go for a younger demographic. Meanwhile, Ravinia, Grant Park and Three Oaks (MI) do summer concerts, and The Music Theatre Company announces its own surprise demise. (more...)

Jeff Calhoun, Stephen Flaherty & More to Teach at Freddie G Fellowship 2015 This WeekJeff Calhoun, Stephen Flaherty & More to Teach at Freddie G Fellowship 2015 This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

Eight outstanding educators from schools and performing arts centers around the country will work one-on-one with Broadway greats at the 6th Annual FREDDIE G FELLOWSHIP July 8th - 11th. (more...)

BStreet Theatre Adds Show for HIT EXPLORERSBStreet Theatre Adds Show for HIT EXPLORERS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2015

B Street Theatre has announced that they are adding three shows to the run of 'The Explorers Club,' Sundays at 7pm: 7/12, 7/19 & 7/26. (more...)

Andre De Shields, Haven Burton, Lillias White & More Will Lead Broadway-Bound Musical GOTTA DANCE in ChicagoAndre De Shields, Haven Burton, Lillias White & More Will Lead Broadway-Bound Musical GOTTA DANCE in Chicago
by Tyler Peterson - Jun 29, 2015

The new musical GOTTA DANCE will take its first steps with an all-star cast. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2015

Hungry-or thirsty- for adventure? Feral Tale Theatricals will bring to the stage for four special performances a hilarious new comedy by playwright Nell Benjamin: "The Explorers Club." The wildly farcical production will be offered to the Las Vegas community. (more...)

Jon Peterson, Kirsten Wyatt & More Set for Theatre Aspen's 2015 SeasonJon Peterson, Kirsten Wyatt & More Set for Theatre Aspen's 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

Theatre Aspen announced casting for the organization's upcoming slate of repertory shows, which includes CABARET, Peter and the Starcatcher, Junie B Jones the Musical and Other Desert Cities. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

Theatre Aspen announced casting for the organization's upcoming slate of repertory shows, which includes CABARET, Peter and the Starcatcher, Junie B Jones the Musical and Other Desert Cities. (more...)

The Blank Theatre Sets New Living Room Series Submission PeriodThe Blank Theatre Sets New Living Room Series Submission Period
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

The Blank Theatre in Hollywood is now accepting scripts for its 2015-2016 Living Room Series. Submissions will be accepted between June 1 and August 31, 2015. (more...)

Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theater Picks for South Bend RegionSummer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theater Picks for South Bend Region
by Alex E. Price - May 27, 2015

The summer of 2015 is looking to be the best summer yet! This year's Summer lineup of theater is stellar! Take a look at my top 5 picks of Summer Theater that you should check out as you relax under the heat and soak up the sun! (more...)

LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL to Open 2015 Season at Washington Crossing Open Air TheatreLEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL to Open 2015 Season at Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2015

The 2015 summer season at the Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre begins with a musical comedy that's so much fun it shouldn't be legal! Legally Blonde the Musical is set for a two weekend run at the outdoor venue from Friday, May 29 through Sunday, June 7. Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 pm. (more...)

BrightSide Theatre's 2015-16 Season to Feature NOISES OFF, SPAMALOTBrightSide Theatre's 2015-16 Season to Feature NOISES OFF, SPAMALOT
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass and Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak are proud to announce BrightSide Theatre's 2015-2016 5th Anniversary Season - 'Season Five - Season of Farce!' - Noises Off; Not Now, Darling; and the smash hit musical comedy Monty Python's Spamalot. 'With BrightSide Theatre having been founded for the love of farce, we knew our Fifth Anniversary Season had to be filled with pure laughter. These three farces are the epitome of Laugh-Out-Loud comedies! From the show named the greatest farce of all times, to a classic British farce, to the musical that always 'Looks on the BrightSide of Life', explains Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak , 'we invite you to join us as we celebrate our Fifth Anniversary by sharing in the laughter that will entertain you throughout our 'Season Five - Season of Farce!' ' (more...)

DTC Welcomes Jeffrey Woodward as New Managing DirectorDTC Welcomes Jeffrey Woodward as New Managing Director
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

The Dallas Theater Center Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of Jeffrey Woodward as managing director of the 56-year-old organization. Woodward's experience includes Syracuse Stage and 17 years at McCarter Theatre Center. The appointment follows the departure of Heather M. Kitchen, who announced her retirement in September 2014. Woodward will formally assume his post in mid-July. (more...)

Jason Gotay, Ellen Harvey & More Join Starry Cast of INTO THE WOODS at The Muny; Full Cast Announced!Jason Gotay, Ellen Harvey & More Join Starry Cast of INTO THE WOODS at The Muny; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

The Muny announced today its complete cast for Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine's (book) Into The Woods, playing July 21-27. The production will be directed by Gary Griffin, choreographed by Chris Bailey and music directed by Brad Haak. (more...)

South Bend Civic Theatre to Present THE EXPLORERS CLUB, 6/12-28South Bend Civic Theatre to Present THE EXPLORERS CLUB, 6/12-28
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

South Bend Civic Theatre presents the frantic comedy The Explorers Club, June 12-28, 2015 in the Warner Theatre, 403 N. Main Street, in South Bend. Set in 1879 London, the prestigious Explorers Club members face an imminent crisis: their bartender is nowhere to be found. Well, that and their acting president wants to admit a woman to their distinguished membership of scientists. The candidate is beautiful, smart and the discoverer of a lost tribe, having brought back a member of the tribe for display. The decision to accept her could shake the foundations of the British Empire and worse, threaten cigars and brandy time at the club! What will the members do at this most difficult crisis in their three-hundred year history? Why, order more drinks, of course! An inspired, uproarious farce by Nell Benjamin. (more...)

THIS IS MARY BROWN to Debut at La MaMa in JuneTHIS IS MARY BROWN to Debut at La MaMa in June
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

La MaMa will present the world-premiere of THIS IS MARY BROWN - a solo play written and performed by Winsome Brown - with preview performances starting June 11 prior to an official press opening June 14 at La MaMa's First Floor Theatre (74 E. 4 St.) in Manhattan. Brad Rouse directs the production, which runs through June 28. Following its debut at La MaMa, THIS IS MARY BROWN will travel to Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. (more...)

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